Reviews

  • "Totally gripping … A fascinating, revelatory and surreal WWII story of almost incredible courage and unspeakable horror – how a Polish resistance fighter helped reveal the secret of the final solution from inside Auschwitz"

    Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • "A remarkable book. Fairweather’s account is often harrowing; but it is an important account of the suffering and tragedy in Nazi death camps, told using many previously unpublished sources - and from a new perspective."

    Peter Frankopan
  • "Well-researched, well-written and searingly memorable, Jack Fairweather’s book reminds us of the capacity for nobility in the human soul in times of unimaginable peril"

    Andrew Roberts, bestselling author of ‘Churchill: Walking with Destiny’
  • "Few books have enthralled, incensed and haunted me as “The Volunteer” has done. There were times I felt compelled to set it aside. There were others when hours of reading passed in what felt like moments … This is a story that has long deserved a robust, faithful telling, and he has delivered it"

    Wall Street Journal
  • "An extraordinary story"

    The Times
  • "Superbly written and breathtakingly researched … a story of incalculable value delivered in the most compelling prose I have read in a long time"

    Sebastian Junger, #1 New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist
  • "What distinguishes The Volunteer is Fairweather’s meticulous attention to accuracy … if it sometimes seems as though there is nothing left to uncover about the Holocaust, Fairweather’s gripping book proves otherwise"

    The Spectator
  • "A forceful narrative with unstoppable reading momentum, Fairweather has created an insightful biography of a covert war hero and an extraordinary contribution to the history of the Holocaust."

    Starred booklist review
  • "An outstanding achievement ... a harrowing tale, revealing the depths of human depravity, redeemed by the shining courage and nobility of one of humanity's heroes."

    Patrick Bishop, bestselling author FIGHTER BOYS
  • "A riveting account of human heroism in the face of overwhelming odds … Fairweather’s storytelling is simply masterful"

    Jon-Lee Anderson, writer for the New Yorker